This opportunity will providing funds to help establish and implement the following preservation and restoration projects in local communities:
1. Dune restoration planting – native grasses and other flora are planted in coastal dune areas to stabilize dunes and restore natural dune ecosystems
2. “Ocean Friendly Garden” implementation – residential and municipal gardens are retrofitted with native plants to conserve water and energy, healthy soil to increase permeability, and devices like rain chains and rain barrels to retain water and prevent runoff.
3. Mangrove planting – mangrove propagules planted in key areas to protect coasts from erosion, storm surges and tidal flows, reducing the need for coastal armoring.
4. Rise Above Plastics Program - mainly focused on plastic collection at beaches and recycling in their schools and creating greater awareness of the impact of plastic in our environment.
This type of community-based, experiential learning is a key component of the rising interest in “community schools” as a strategy to achieve better student outcomes despite the ever-present public school challenges of sky-high deficits and fiscal austerity. Community schools tap into the capacity and expertise present in more facets of a community – universities, agencies and non-profit organizations – to share educational responsibilities and provide a range of services to youth and families. In this model, support for Surfrider Foundation’s QUAD youth engagement campaigns would provide extracurricular opportunities as part of a holistic strategy for youth development. Funding would allow more of our student clubs across the country to think about accomplishing larger projects than just a beach clean up or a petition drive, making longstanding visual changes in their communities. These projects are then shared on our website to inspire other youth with ideas for more projects.
The Surfrider Foundation’s is an international non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, for all people, through engaged activism. Today the Surfrider Foundation is one of the only grassroots environmental organizations focused on protecting coastal resources.
Numbering 1.5 billion worldwide, young people aged 12-24 represent the largest youth cohort in history. Surfrider Foundation’s strategic outreach to youth advocates provides them with valuable skills for employment and active citizenship that increases social capital.
We have successfully completed, implemented, and tested processes and ideas to meet our youth engagement objectives, utilizing a combination of organic and targeted growth. In June 2011, we reported having 12 existing QUAD clubs in southern California, Florida and the East Coast. Now in 2013, QUAD clubs number 33 across the country and still growing.
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